Stan Lee, Shaman King's Takei to Launch Ultimo in February
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Spider-Man and X-Men co-creator Stan Lee and Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei will launch the full series run of their Karakuridōji Ultimo manga in the March issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine, which will ship in Japan on February 4. The Jump SQ.II spinoff magazine printed the Chapter 0 prologue of the manga in Japan last April, while Viz published the translated preview in its Shonen Jump magazine in North America in August. Viz has not announced when the American version of Shonen Jump will serialize the manga, but Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Mark Weidenbaum said at New York Comic Con in April that Viz plans to give Ultimo its fastest Japanese-to-English transition of any of its titles.
The story revolves around two super-powered mortal enemies who clash in the skies over unsuspecting Farmless City. Lee and Takei have been collaborating on the story after Lee created the original core concept. Takei is writing the script first in Japanese, and Lee will adapt the script for the American release.
According to the website of Lee's Pow! Entertainment company, an animated television version of Ultimo is in development with Dream Ranch Japan, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Lee was also developing the Hero Man action anime with the Japanese animation company Bones and an animated television series named Quartz with GDH, the corporate parent of the Gonzo anime studio.